Catch ruled out of bounds: 445-pound tuna is largest ever landed, but won’t go into record book (sad, really)
Dec 11, 2012, 12:13 PM EST
It happened last week at Hurricane Bank off Baja Calif., 960 miles from San Diego’s Point Loma, where John Petruescu caught a 445-pound yellowfin tuna. That makes it the largest yellowfin ever landed by rod and reel (previous record, 405 pounds), and Petruescu of course will now make a triumphant march into the record books, to be mobbed by fish groupies for years to come. But, wait! …
After further review … not a catch. Let’s go to NFL Vice President of Officiating Mike Pereira … I mean, the Associated Press, for the official ruling:
Petruescu was aboard the San Diego-based Excel, whose captain twice handled the rod Petruescu was using. For that reason, the catch won’t be recognized as an official record by the International Game Fish Association, as anglers must work unassisted.
So the tuna still weighs 445 pounds, or the equivalent in sushi, but is disqualified because someone else touched the angler’s rod (not a euphemism). The IGFA is worse than the NCAA.
If the fisherman can’t have the record, at least give it to the fish. He’s innocent.
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